Cisco Systems is reporting that it has collaborated with Philips Medical Systems and “leading plug n’play integration company” Emergin to provide clinicians with a wireless way to receive immediate waveform and text medical alarms on the company’s wireless IP phone 7920 (illustrated; small screen to monitor patients, indeed.)
The Cisco Patient Monitoring solution sends electrocardiogram data via waveform snippets and text messages to the Cisco Wireless IP Phone 7920 from the Philips IntelliVue patient monitoring system via the Emergin Patient Monitoring Gateway. Acting as a secondary alarm notification, the solution allows nurses and clinicians to maintain their mobility while still receiving critical patient data. While the primary alarming mechanism remains at the patient’s bedside monitor or an associated central station, the additional waveform information enables assessments to begin even as the staff goes to the patient’s bedside or unit monitors for further analysis.
At Central DuPage Hospital, a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., the Cisco-Philips-Emergin Patient Monitoring offering has helped the facility increase the productivity of its nurses and improve the quality of patient care, while building on Central DuPage’s growing mobile workplace. The hospital uses the solution in its 38-bed cardiac telemetry unit to deliver critical alarm and heart rhythm information directly to nurses on their Cisco Wireless IP Phone 7920. Previously nurses would receive verbal alarms from remote telemetry technicians in the event of a rhythm change via pagers. They are now able to receive the actual waveform associated with the event that triggered the alarm on their wireless phones.